Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hahn plays solo Bach, Lisitsa plays Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata for this Sunday's Japan Relief and Recovery benefit concert

Word reached us today (Thursday) that for Sunday's special benefit concert to aid victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Hilary Hahn's work for unaccompanied violin will be J.S. Bach's Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002, a beautiful showcase for her artistry and virtuosity -- music that has earned her many fans and followers from her all-Bach debut CD recording.  Pianist Valentina Lisitsa has chosen one of Beethoven's most popular sonatas, the "Moonlight" Sonata.  Most of the world recognizes the famously dreamy, nocturnal first movement.  It shifts effortlessly to the second movement, less sombre, more playful in character; but it's the third movement that always gets my heart going, because of the dramatic, visceral excitement it can create.  And in Ms. Lisitsa's hands, I'm confident it will.

These two extraordinary musicians will together perform Beethoven's glorious "Spring" Sonata in F major, and there's more great music in store for us, too.  The artists have been busy traveling and concertizing this week, and they will announce program details from the stage on Sunday afternoon.

We are honored that the Japanese Consul and Director of the Japan Information Center in Atlanta, Ms. Yukimi Kurata, will attend the concert and will offer a message of welcome and appreciation to the artists and the audience.  I'm also delighted and deeply grateful that Georgia Public Broadcasting, Public Broadcastling Atlanta/WABE 90.1, FM, and 11Alive WXIA-TV have been so supportive of this benefit concert, helping us get word far and wide to attract audience members, as have more than dozen other media organizations and websites.

As I write, we have more than half of the house sold for Sunday, and I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has responded!  HOWEVER:  There are excellent seats still available -- Spivey Hall's superb acoustics ensure that you NEVER have a problem hearing, regardless of where you sit -- and to provide the most help to Japan's relief efforts, we really would love to sell the place out!  So please, continue to tell your friends, tell your neighbors, email folks, encourage them to come and enjoy what will be a fantastic and memorable concert for a very, very worthy cause. 

Hearing great music is always its own reward, but we can do some very important good here for people tremendously in need, too -- which makes the experience even more meaningful.


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